afro & Indigenous futurisms

Diving into this content to see if I can cherry pick something for contextual and studio work

Afrofuturism is not just “the future with black people in it.” Its stories tend to focus on black identity, African mythology, and alternate histories involving the African Diaspora (the movement of people from Africa due to slavery).


Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens. The term was conceived a quarter-century ago by white author Mark Dery in his essay “Black to the Future,” which looks at speculative fiction within the African diaspora. The essay rests on a series of interviews with black content creators.
Dery laid out the questions driving the philosophy of Afrofuturism:
Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces of its history, imagine possible futures? Furthermore, isn’t the unreal estate of the future already owned by the technocrats, futurologists, streamliners, and set designers ― white to a man ― who have engineered our collective fantasies?
What makes Afrofuturism significantly different from standard science fiction is that it’s steeped in ancient African traditions and black identity. A narrative that simply features a black character in a futuristic world is not enough. To be Afrofuturism, it must be rooted in and unapologetically celebrate the uniqueness and innovation of black culture.
...Africans and African-Americans have full autonomy as Afrofuturists. A community of people can take a piece of visual art or notes from a song and develop an entire universe and say, “This is ours.” And that’s what this film represents to so many excited fans. Black Panther is a superhero who is for us by us. We can claim him.


Possibly use afro futurism to talk about neo-nesian genre (coined by me), which is where I feel like I sit. There could be discussions of Earth Punk (I first heard the term coined by Samara Alofa, friend and musician). I think the word CROSSOVER is also really important to elaborate on and include in the conversation. "Pay homage to Afro Futurism"

Dillon coined the term "Indigenous Futurisms" as an homage to Afrofuturism, an examination of how Black culture intersects with technology and the African diaspora.
"It is the community from within that is writing the stories. And one important distinction, since it started in the science fiction field but soon grew way beyond that, is that there's also an interest in it, rather than just looking at the body and the mind as a kind of binary or split," she told Spark host Nora Young.
Dillon pointed out that many Indigenous peoples are already living in a post-apocalypse world, but the stories provide a way of overcoming that.
"And you do that through ceremony. You do that through stories. You do that through ceremonial stories, dance, anything that would qualify as art, and you integrate that with your knowledge of science," she said.